(JNS) The United States has placed sanctions on six Iranian individuals and one company for attempting to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
According to news releases from both the U.S. State and Treasury departments on Nov. 18, the company and the individuals, who were sponsored by the Iranian government, sought to sow discord and undermine voters’ faith in the electoral process by disseminating disinformation on social media, sending threatening emails and making a fake video.
The video implied that individuals could cast fraudulent ballots.
Between August and November of last year, the company and its associates executed an online operation to “intimidate and influence American voters, and to undermine voter confidence and sow discord, in connection with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”
They are accused of obtaining or attempting to obtain voter information from U.S. state election websites and sending threatening emails to intimidate voters.
Sanctions would require that all property and interest in property of the company and individuals involved that are under American jurisdiction are blocked and Americans are forbidden from engaging in transactions with them.
Additionally, any entity owned 50% or more by the designated persons is also blocked.